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Richard Allan Bailiff

June 3, 1936 — April 10, 2020

Richard Allan Bailiff began his life at a farm west of Carbon, Iowa on June 3rd 1936 to Paul Olen Bailiff and Viola Marie (Gebbie) Bailiff. He entered into Eternal Rest on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. His wife, Darlene, and daughter, Wendi were with him when he left this life after a long illness.
Richard attended grades 1st through 8th at the Carbon Public School. He graduated from Corning High School in 1954. While in high school he received many honors and awards. He served in numerous offices, such as, Student Body President and Student Council Representative. He was also active in football, track, basketball, and vocal music. After graduating from high school, Richard attended and graduated from Coin Electric School in Chicago, Illinois.
Richard and Lola Darlene Boham were united into marriage on April 17, 1955 at the United Methodist Church in Corning, Iowa. Two children came from this union. A baby boy, Mark Allan, was added to their family in 1965. A baby girl, Wendi Linn, completed their family in 1968.
Richard worked on farms as a farmhand when he was in 8th grade until he graduated from high school. Richard and Darlene moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1955 where he attended school and worked at the Montgomery Ward Mail Order Warehouse as a stock clerk and tool specialist. Richard and Darlene moved back to Corning, Iowa in 1958. They bought and ran “The Clown Dairy Sweet” for 17 years. During that time, Richard also worked as an automobile mechanic. In 1967 Richard started working as a clerk and mail carrier at the Post Office in Clarinda Iowa until 1978. In 1978, Richard began working as the Adams County Assessor until his retirement in 1998.
During Richard and Darlene’s marriage, they traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, often taking the children and later grandchildren on trips with them. After retirement, Richard enjoyed working and maintaining their house and timberland and watching wildlife. He planted many trees on their land.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Viola (Gebbie) Bailiff, two infant brothers, Vernon P. and Kenneth E. Bailiff, a son, Mark Allan Bailiff, two sisters, Evelyn Joann (Bailiff) Thomas and Beverly Jean (Bailiff) Bohanan.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, (Lola) Darlene, a daughter, Wendi Stedman and husband Larry, of Corning, a sister, Dorothy (Bailiff) Johnson of Lone Tree, Iowa, grandchildren, Jesse Ray of Corning, Jackie Ray of Farimont, Minnesota, Ashley (Colwell) McGinnis of Corning, and a grandson, Mark Colwell of Bedford, Iowa, great grandchildren, Marcus Damien, Masen Ray, and Douglas Ziemer of Fairmont Minnesota, Ryker McGinnis of Corning, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

2:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center - Corning

701 7th Street, Corning, IA 50841

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Oakland Cemetery at Quincy

1800 190th Street, Corning, IA 50841

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